- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
We found out about a year ago that our lab (now 4.5 years old) has hip dysplasia. We adopted him from a family that had purchased him from a breeder (we suspect it was actually a puppy mill), and he had shown no signs of hip problems until about 3 months before he was actually diagnosed. Our only indication was that we noticed he had a slight limp after vigorous exercise or playing.
We’ve since put him on a glucosamine supplement as well as low-impact exercise. He still limps at times after he’s been really active. Our vet encouraged us to not “baby” him too much, since he should still be able to enjoy his life and as far as he (our dog, Cooper) is concerned, he still wants to be a happy go lucky dog. we don’t over exert him, but it absolutely kills me to see him limp after he’s been laying down for a while. Once he couldn’t even get up the stairs and Fiance had to carry him up. I hate the thought of him in pain, and just want him to be a happy dog.
What is your experience with hip dyslasia with your dog(s)? We have discussed surgical options with our vet, but he has not progressed far enough yet to warrant any. I would opt for surgery if it got really bad when he was still young enough to live many happy and active years. It just kills me sometimes. I love him so much and dog’s lives are already so unfairly short, I wish that he didn’t have any pain, weakness, or soreness at all.
I just am a little down about it today, he went to the dog park on Thursday and has since been limping a little bit more than usual. My poor baby 🙁